SOMEWHERE ON LONG ISLAND - New York Cosmos forward Raul Gonzalez informed the world Thursday that he will retire at the end of the North American Soccer League season in November to greener pastures in Major League Soccer.
"It's not an easy moment, but I think it's the right moment to say goodbye," Raul said on Thursday. "I need to retire from the sport so that I can finish my career on the bench for the Los Angeles Galaxy."
The former Spanish international and Real Madrid legend signed a two-year deal with the Cosmos in October 2014.
Raul stated, "There comes a time when you realize you are done with the sport and at that time it is important to milk your fame and stature for one final swing in North America with a league willing to pay you purely because people remember your name. I'm happy to accept the money they will give me and look forward to cashing the paychecks and laying out on the beach."
The Nutmeg News will have more on Raul's retirement to Major League Soccer as he comes up with a hamstring strain that just wont heal without significant time spent on the beaches in Malibu.